Halloween phone apps help parents track children

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WICHITA -- Thousands of children Trick or Treat in Wichita tonight.

Yet, on a busy night like this, it can be easy to get lost in a crowd.

One trend for parents is using smart phones to track your children.

You simply download an application and give it to your child for the evening.

Here are some apps that can help you track your child this evening.

It's not a Halloween-specific app, but Life360 can help you track a person. You can track a person or multiple people on the application. It will show their whereabouts on a map. There is in-app messaging. The app is free.

This app is also made by the Life360 company. It allows people to find sex offenders in their neighborhood via the national sex offender registry.

You can track your child's location. Messages can be send to a child's pone using a special code that is picked up and responded to via pre-set coordinates. The child's phone will have a special "Where Am I?" button and the parents phone will have a corresponding "Where's My Kid" button. Parents can program their phones for updates messages on their child's location. The app costs $4.99.

This app keeps parents updated without a text or call and check-in with emoticons. You can send your parents a "Come Get Me" or "Emergency" notification. Parents can set up arrival and departure alerts for places like school, home and practice. They can know when a child's vehicle exceeds a pre-set driving speed. This app is free.

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